Rug with cracked ice design

ALG 1580
Circa 1870
Ningxia, Northern China
210 cm x 110 cm
6'10" x 3'7"

Formerly in the Arthur M. Sackler collection, this fine ivory ground rug shows the so-called ‘cracked ice’ pattern in the background on which float five lotus flower roundels arranged in a quincunxial fashion, surrounded by an array of yellow eight-petaled rosettes. The red is most probably obtained from logwood.

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